IRL: Dan Wheldon nominated for awards

Wheldon Nominated For Two Autosport Awards Fresh off his runner-up finish in the 2004 Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCar Series championship, Dan Wheldon of Andretti Green Racing has been nominated for two prestigious Autosports awards - ...

Wheldon Nominated For Two Autosport Awards

Fresh off his runner-up finish in the 2004 Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCar Series championship, Dan Wheldon of Andretti Green Racing has been nominated for two prestigious Autosports awards - International Racing Driver of the Year and British Competition Driver of the Year. The annual Autosport awards dinner will be held at the Grosvenor House hotel in London, England on Sunday, December 5.

"It's always an honor to be nominated by a well-respected, worldwide motorsports magazine like Autosport," said Wheldon. "Winning the Autosport.com Rookie of the Year award in front of my friends and colleagues in London last year is a memory I won't soon forget. I'm hoping my success in the IndyCar Series this year and my fans voting around the world will help me get to the podium again. I have so many people to thank for my success this season and I'm hoping I get the opportunity to thank them in London."

After capturing the 2003 Bombardier Rookie of the Year award in the IndyCar Series, Wheldon proved that his initial IRL racing success was no fluke. He battled teammate Tony Kanaan until the very end of the 2004 points championship, eventually falling short of the title by a mere 85 points - 618 to 533.

Wheldon's 2004 IndyCar Series campaign included three race victories, two pole positions, 13 Top-10 appearances, 12 Top-5 appearances and a total of 429 laps led. He recorded 11 Top-3 finishes to tie champion Tony Kanaan in that category, and he ended the season with an IRL record-tying seven consecutive top-four finishes.

In 2005, Wheldon will return to pilot the #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam car for Andretti Green Racing, with aspirations to win the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500, as well as the IndyCar Series Driver Championship.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Jim Beam